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"As we reflect on this terrible tragedy, I can't help but wonder, how many more ambulances will it take to make people see the truth about abortion? How many more mothers and fathers will be made to suffer the emotional and physical consequences of abortion before it is brought to end in our state, nation, world? How many more souls, hearts, and lives will be sacrificed for the sake of Planned Parenthood's 'bottom line'?
Life, Love, Liberty ~ 40 Years Later
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Missouri Right to Life received the following alert from National Right to Life:
Urge Congress to end abortion-to-birth in the nation's capital!
WASHINGTON (May 8, 2013) -- Pro-life members of Congress, led by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), with strong backing from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), have re-introduced legislation to curb an ongoing scandal in our nation's capital: The entire abortion law was repealed, and abortion has been made legal -- for any reason whatever -- right up until the moment of birth.
Missouri Right to Life Press Release
For Immediate Release: March 19, 2013
MO Supreme Court Strikes Down MOSIRA
Missouri Right to Life applauds the Missouri Supreme Court decision announced today upholding a Cole County Circuit Court decision which struck down the 2011 MOSIRA (Missouri Science Innovation and Reinvestment Act) legislation that created an incentive fund for science and technology-based businesses.
Missouri Right to Life, Missouri Roundtable for Life, Citizens of Missouri and Lawyers for Life filed suit against MOSIRA. “Our suit was based on the language of SB 7 which clearly states that MOSIRA could not go into effect without the passage of SB 8, known as the Aerotropolis bill, during the extraordinary special session. Since SB 8 did not pass, it was our position that MOSIRA could not go into effect,” said Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life.
“Missouri Right to Life is very thankful for this decision. While we know that the court ruled on the constitutional requirement that legislation address only a single subject, they did recognize that SB 7 would not have passed without it’s being tied to SB 8. Missouri Right to Life is committed to standing against the destruction of innocent human lives through any means, including human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. The MOSIRA legislation had no protective language to prevent funds from being used for abortion services, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research,” continued Fichter.
“Missouri Right to Life will continue to monitor any attempts to pass similar economic development legislation without pro-life protections. While we support a strong Missouri economy, we cannot purchase it with the lives of innocent human beings at the earliest stages of development.”
Missouri Victory for Women and Babies!
During the 2010 Legislative Session, the Missouri Senate and House took up and passed SB 793 requiring that, 24 hours before a woman has an abortion, she be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound, receive information on the development of her baby including the ability to feel pain, alternatives to abortion, and the father’s responsibility under Missouri law.
Today, Governor Nixon has allowed this legislation to become law. Per the Missouri Constitution, Governor Nixon’s decision to neither veto nor sign the bill is a decision to allow SB 793 to go into effect. In essence, a non-veto is a win for women in Missouri who will now receive critical information before making an abortion decision. Because of Governor Nixon’s decision to allow women to be more fully informed, we believe that more expectant mothers will choose life for their babies. Missouri Right to Life has worked hard for several years to pass this legislation and is very pleased to see it become law.
SB 793 also prohibits abortion coverage in the insurance exchanges created by the new federal health care reform legislation. We can’t stop our federal tax dollars from paying for abortion outside of Missouri, but this legislation will help prevent that from happening in Missouri.
We thank Governor Nixon and the Senate and House members who supported this life-saving legislation.